Niall Benvie - Red deer before the storm


The red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Scotland have a pretty hard life on the open hill with little in the way of forest in which to shelter and feed. Most of the woodland found in the Scottish uplands is industrial forest, usually fenced to exclude deer; this helps to account for the high mortality in cold winters as the deer starve and freeze on the open hillside. So, when I photograph red deer here, I’m not looking for a bright, optimistic image but one instead that reflects the difficult circumstances under which these animals live.

Location: Jura, Argyll, Scotland

Tags: 2016, deforestation, dramatic, europe, Jura, Niall Benvie, scotland, silhouette, winter

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